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State of Massachusetts Contract Medical Examiner in Boston, Massachusetts

This is a contract position. The candidate will be reimbursed $330 per case.

  1. Performs forensic autopsies and external body examinations on bodies brought to the OCME in order to determine the cause and manner of death. Unless otherwise specified by the Chief Medical Examiner, Medical Examiner will perform a minimum of 250 autopsies per year.

  2. Reviews reports of death received from hospitals, police agencies, and private physicians in order to determine jurisdiction of cases.

  3. Performs cremation viewing of bodies for certifications of cremations pursuant to MGL, Chapter 38, Section 14, as amended.

  4. Conducts on-site (scene) death investigations to gather appropriate data and information surrounding a case.

  5. Determines whether an external inspection, a partial autopsy, or a full autopsy should be performed on a particular case subject to the review of the Chief Medical Examiner or his/her designee.

  6. Directs activities of all other individuals participating in autopsies and external examinations of bodies relative to their participation in these examinations.

  7. Conducts microscopic examinations, as deemed necessary, of specimens, tissues, organs, fluids, blood, etc., to determine irregular conditions which might have contributed to death.

  8. Prepares, through dictation, autopsy and external body examination reports of findings, for issuance to individuals legally entitled to receive them.

  9. Furnishes law enforcement investigators with physical evidence from autopsies including projectiles and other physical evidence via a chain of custody evidence transfer form.

  10. Requests additional medical tests on assigned cases as deemed necessary to the determination of cause, manner and circumstances of a death, subject to the review of the Chief Medical Examiner or his/her designee.

  11. Coordinates the forensic identification of the decedent.

  12. Prepares certificates of death and determines when bodies may be released.

  13. Reviews current forensic and medical literature as appropriate in each individual case assigned.

  14. Instructs students and interns rotating through the OCME and provides lectures as necessary.

  15. Provides competent expert testimony in the courtroom as required.

  16. Has demonstrated computer literacy and has solid working knowledge of computer software packages including Microsoft Word, Access, Power Point, Excel, Outlook; and the OCME Case Management System.

  17. Performs administrative tasks assigned by the Chief Medical Examiner which may involve participation in grant activities; performance of individual projects, data analysis, scheduling assignments; participation in review teams; directing a specific medical activity such as the autopsy service of a particular OCME facility; or the directorship of an OCME satellite facility. These assignments will be made by the Chief Medical Examiner in accordance with the skills and experience of the Assistant Medical Examiner.

  18. Is available and responsive when serving as the medical examiner on-call for a particular OCME jurisdiction.

  19. Participates in academic meetings and contributes to the forensic literature.

  20. Performs other related duties as assigned by the Chief Medical Examiner or his/her designee.

  21. QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED AT HIRE (List knowledge, skills, abilities)

Medical Examiners must be physicians licensed to practice medicine in Massachusetts who have successfully completed residency training programs in Anatomic Pathology and a fellowship training program in forensic pathology. Job applicants must demonstrate medical licensure eligibility in Massachusetts. Preference will be given to applicants with board certification by the American Board of Pathology in both anatomic and forensic pathology. Assistant Medical Examiners with these board certifications will be compensated at a higher level within the salary range of the position, to be determined by the Chief Medical Examiner.


  1. Knowledge of anatomic and forensic pathology and general medicine.

  2. Knowledge of personnel management principles and policies.

  3. Knowledge of medical, legal and forensic pathology terminology.

  4. knowledge of death/crime scene investigative techniques to include determination of evidence and circumstances which might be implicated in a particular death.

  5. Skill in tactfully dealing with families and friends of decedents, police and law enforcement personnel, all OCME staff, the general public, government agencies, health care facilities and professionals, and the media.

  6. Skill in effective oral and written communication to include courtroom testimony.

  7. Ability to supervise and oversee the work of subordinates.

  8. Ability to work under adverse conditions in cooperation with police and criminal justice personnel.

  9. Ability to efficiently and effectively analyze a variety of evidence and data and formulate same into prescribed format for the Chief Medical Examiner.

First consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days.


Minimum Entrance Requirements:

Applicants must have at least five years of full-time or equivalent part-time, professional experience as a registered physician three years of which must have been in a specialized field such as pediatrics, geriatrics, oncology, endocrinology, neurology or infectious disease.

Special Requirements: Current and valid registration as a physician under the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine.

Must also be certified by the American Board of Medical Specialties in area of specialization.

An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Job: *Medical Services

Organization: *Chief Medical Examiner

Title: Contract Medical Examiner

Location: Massachusetts-Boston-720 Albany Street

Requisition ID: 1900019C